Is Washington ready for space tourism to take off?

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When it comes to public safety, traffic jams and environmental hazards, there is no framework for regulating private space travel.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-14 booster rocket lands at Launch Site One in West Texas. | Blue Origin via AP

By BRYAN BENDER

07/19/2021 11:28 AM EDT

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When Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos blasts off on Tuesday with three other space tourists, a nascent industry will take a major step toward realizing its out-of-this-world dreams.

Can Washington catch up?

The first human space flight for the New Shepard will come on the heels of Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson’s historic trip to the edge of space last week aboard the rocketship SpaceShipTwo.

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